The Publicist (audiobook review & giveaway)
About the book:
Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t always sell (at all) and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.
Enter the star Editor, MacDermott Ellis. Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author, now as forgotten as yesterday’s news; and his nephew Nick, who wants to sweep Kate away from New York for another coast, California.
As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, the over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week”, she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.
Audiobook length: 6 hours
Narrator: Lisa Cordileone
Where to buy the audiobook:
This was my very first audiobook EVER. So of course... this is my first ever audiobook review. I'm kind of feeling out how much of my review should be about the book... and how much should be about the audiobook. It would be interesting to both read a book... and then listen to it... to see if the narrator makes the story sound like I heard it in my head while reading. I might have to test that out in the future.
So... the book: I loved this book so much. Both the look into the world of publishing... and Kate's personal story.
Kate is an amazing character. I love her take on the world of publishing and being a publicist. Being a reviewer of books it was really fun to get a little glimpse into the life of some of the people who reach out to me in e-mails looking for me to do a review. I loved how in between the main story we were given author bios and book synopses. Kind of the story of the books that Kate was working on. Her interactions with authors and editors that she both loved and hated really made me feel like I knew Kate. And oh. my. goodness. Some of those authors were CRAZY. The book signings, the interviews, the 3am phone calls in reaction to bad reviews. I loved everything about this world.
It's amazing that Kate finds any time for a personal life with her dedication to her career. I'd wish I could say I hated Mac for remaining in his "marriage" while having affairs. I'd like to say I hated Kate for falling into a relationship of any type with a married man. But... after hearing his story... I want to say that Mac is almost honorable. I find myself hoping that Kate and Mac will somehow find happiness. But... at the same time I want so much more for Kate. And for Mac. Then there's Kate's relationship with Allan. I love the almost father/daughter bond that Kate has found with Allan while also having him as a mentor and friend. Everyone should have an Allan. Then we get Nick. Other than living on the other side of the country he seems perfect.
Thank goodness I got an invite to review book two and three today. I MUST know what happens with Kate. MUST. KNOW.
And... the audio: Like I said... audiobook newbie here. I'm assuming audiobook narrator is something people like Lisa Cordileone do regularly. Do people have favorite narrators? Do narrators stick with certain genres? This is a whole new world to me!
It took me a little while to be able to focus on someone reading me a book. I'm definitely not someone (at this point) that can multitask while listening to a book. I kept finding my mind wander and listened to the first chapter 2 times. Once I got myself focused I really enjoyed listening. For the most part I liked Lisa Cordileone. Her voice was clear and almost soothing... without being dull or putting me to sleep. She spoke at a good tempo and I never questioned what she was saying. She didn't go overboard with character voices... but varied just enough. I do have to say that whatever she did when she would voice Nick made him irritate me. I know I was supposed to like him as an option for Kate. She was attracted to him. He was a gorgeous California guy with a successful career. But the way she voice him made him annoy me. Whereas her voicing Mac made him much smoother. Sexier. I'm excited to actually READ book 2 myself to see what I think of him voiced in my head.
I'll absolutely be listening to more books in the future!
About the author:
Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn't. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.